Reports | November 12, 2012 12:10

Sestao Naturgas wins Spanish Team Championship in León

The winners, Sestao Naturgas Energia, all dressed in red

Leading from start to finish, Sestao Naturgas won the Spanish Team Championship with a round to spare. The team from the Basque Country finished a whopping three points ahead of runner-up C.A. Solvay. The C.E. Foment Martinenc team relegated this year.

The winners, Sestao Naturgas, all dressed in red | Photos kindly provided by the organizers

Event Spanish league | Chess-resultsPGN via TWIC
Dates November 5th-11th, 2012
Location León, Spain
System Team matches
Players The top GMs are Ruslan Ponomariov, Leinier Dominguez, Anish Giri, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Ivan Cheparinov, Laurent Fressinet, Etienne Bacrot, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Pentala Harikrishna, Loek van Wely, Romain Edouard, Gabriel Sargissian, Eduardo Iturrizaga and Christian Bauer
Rate of play

90 minutes for 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the remaining moves with 30 seconds per move starting from the first

Extra No draw offers allowed before move 30

 

In the final three rounds of the Spanish Team Championship the victory was never in danger for the team from Sestao, a Basque town of 30,000 inhabitants. They were the big favourites at the start, with five strong grandmasters from abroad (Leinier Dominguez, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Anish Giri, Laurent Fressinet and Romain Edouard) and four of them rated over 2700.

In the fifth round (you can find our previous reports here and here) Sestao beat the other Basque team and reigning champions Gros Xake-Taldea 4-2 with four draws and two wins. It was a nice revenge for last year, when Sestao also won the individual encounter but eventually finished second behind Gros-Xake in the final standings, on board points. And no doubt the rivalry included some Dutch flavour, with Anish Giri playing for Sestao and Loek van Wely playing for Gros Xake!

In this match Leinier Dominguez beat Ruslan Ponomariov on board one. The new plan played by the Cuban in this Berlin Ending might be of theoretical importance. Black's light-squared bishop was dead wood throughout the game. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave drew with Loek van Wely on board two and Anish Giri beat Christian Bauer on three. (See the selection of games below.)

Sestao Naturgas vs Gros Xake-Taldea 

Sestao dropped only one match point in the seven rounds that were played in León. In round six they tied their match with C.A. Solvay, who would finish in second place. Again four boards were drawn, and again Giri won, grinding down Surya Ganguly in a rook ending that looked quite drawish. This game saved the match point for Sestao, because on board one Leinier Dominguez suffered his only loss, against Pentala Harikrishna.

And so Sestao clinched the title with a round to spare, and they kept their three-point lead by beating C.E. Barcelona Uga 4-2 on Sunday. C.A. Solvay, the "Indian" team (with Harikrishna, Negi and Ganguly on top boards), finished second. C.E. Foment Martinenc was the team that relegated this year.

The best individual result was for GM Aleksander Delchev of Bulgaria who scored 6/7 for C.A. Solvay. IM Olga Alexandrova scored the same, excellent result in her team from Barcelona but against lower rated opponents. Sestao's success was partly the result of two 2700 players who scored 5/7: board one Leinier Dominguez and board three Anish Giri.

Selection of games rounds 5-7

PGN file

Spanish Team Championship 2012 | Teams

1.   C.E. Foment Martinenc (RtgAvg:2458)    
1 GM BRUNELLO Sabino 2591 ITA
2 GM MARIN Mihail 2547 ROU
3 IM JEREZ PEREZ Alfonso 2411 ESP
4 IM TORRECILLAS MARTINEZ Antonio 2406 ESP
5 IM VALDES Leonardo 2414 CRC
6 WGM L'AMI Alina 2381 ROU
7 IM GRANADOS GOMEZ Manuel 2374 ESP
8 FM SANCHEZ IBERN Marc 2332 ESP
9   DE LA RIVA AGUADO Jorge 2238 ESP
10 WIM LLANEZA VEGA Patricia 2250 ESP
2.   Gros Xake-Taldea (RtgAvg:2682)    
1 GM PONOMARIOV Ruslan 2741 UKR
2 GM BACROT Etienne 2702 FRA
3 GM KASIMDZHANOV Rustam 2696 UZB
4 GM VAN WELY Loek 2691 NED
5 GM BAUER Christian 2639 FRA
6 GM HAMDOUCHI Hicham 2623 FRA
7 GM SAN SEGUNDO CARRILLO Pablo 2509 ESP
8 IM FRANCO ALONSO Alejandro 2476 ESP
9 IM GONZALEZ DE LA TORRE Santiago 2441 ESP
10 GM IZETA TXABARRI Felix 2459 ESP
11 IM ARGANDOÑA RIVEIRO Iñigo 2405 ESP
12 FM MARTIN ALVAREZ Iñigo 2304 ESP
3.   C.A. Solvay (RtgAvg:2585)    
1 GM HARIKRISHNA Pentala 2692 IND
2 GM NEGI Parimarjan 2638 IND
3 GM GANGULY Surya Shekhar 2619 IND
4 GM DELCHEV Aleksander 2587 BUL
5 GM UBILAVA Elizbar 2509 ESP
6 GM DE LA VILLA GARCIA Jesus Maria 2463 ESP
7 IM BERNAL MORO Luis Javier 2421 ESP
8 FM RAMO FRONTIÑAN Cristobal 2328 ESP
9   PEREZ LOPEZ Jesus Maria 2276 ESP
10   GONZALEZ LASO Adrian 2119 ESP
4.   Sestao Naturgas Energia (RtgAvg:2675)    
1 GM DOMINGUEZ PEREZ Leinier 2726 CUB
2 GM VACHIER-LAGRAVE Maxime 2711 FRA
3 GM GIRI Anish 2715 NED
4 GM FRESSINET Laurent 2703 FRA
5 GM EDOUARD Romain 2688 FRA
6 GM DEL RIO DE ANGELIS Salvador G 2484 ESP
7 GM ROMERO HOLMES Alfonso 2505 ESP
8 GM GOMEZ ESTEBAN Juan Mario 2466 ESP
9   TRIGO URQUIJO Sergio 2237 ESP
10   TAMAYO AGUIRRE Enrique 2138 ESP
11   VIQUEIRA FERNANDEZ Juan 2070 ESP
12   GUERRERO TAMAYO Luis Alberto 0 ESP
5.   Linex-Magic Extremadura (RtgAvg:2575)    
1 GM CHEPARINOV Ivan 2710 BUL
2 GM SARGISSIAN Gabriel 2679 ARM
3 GM SVETUSHKIN Dmitry 2589 MDA
4 GM TER-SAHAKYAN Samvel 2580 ARM
5 GM PEREZ CANDELARIO Manuel 2579 ESP
6 FM CABEZAS AYALA Ivan 2315 ESP
7 FM GARCIA-ORTEGA MENDEZ Jose M. 2307 ESP
8   GARCIA LORO Marcos J. 2073 ESP
9   MONTERO ALEU Juan Antonio 1950 ESP
6.   C.A. Reverté Albox (RtgAvg:2566)    
1 GM MCHEDLISHVILI Mikheil 2639 GEO
2 GM SHIMANOV Aleksandr 2597 RUS
3 GM IVANOV Sergey 2542 RUS
4 GM RIVAS PASTOR Manuel 2557 ESP
5 IM GOGANOV Aleksey 2530 RUS
6 IM IBARRA JEREZ Jose Carlos 2528 ESP
7   GALINDO RODRIGUEZ Francisco 2232 ESP
8   RUBIO TAPIA Jose Juan 2115 ESP
9   ORTIZ AVILES Javier 2039 ESP
10   MARTINEZ SOLA Juan 2086 ESP
11   LAZARO GARCIA Roberto 2020 ESP
12   CAPEL FERNANDEZ Manuel 1901 ESP
7.   Equigoma Caja Social Catolica (RtgAvg:2530)    
1 GM ITURRIZAGA Eduardo 2656 VEN
2 GM KOVALYOV Anton 2596 ARG
3 GM FIER Alexandr 2567 BRA
4 IM CASTELLANOS RODRIGUEZ Renier 2515 ESP
5 IM ALVAREZ MARQUEZ Johann 2407 VEN
6 FM CORRAL BLANCO Juan Antonio 2436 ESP
7 FM HERNANDO PERTIERRA Jose Carlos 2375 ESP
8 FM GONZALEZ DE LA NAVA Amador 2262 ESP
9   GALAN HERNANDEZ Pedro A. 2069 ESP
10   DE LA ORDEN ALCOCER Alejandro 1895 ESP
8.   C.E. Barcelona Uga (RtgAvg:2485)    
1 GM ALSINA LEAL Daniel 2536 ESP
2 IM FLUVIA POYATOS Joan 2490 ESP
3 IM CUENCA JIMENEZ Jose Fernando 2490 ESP
4 IM ASIS GARGATAGLI Hipolit 2474 ESP
5 IM FLUVIA POYATOS Jordi 2467 ESP
6 GM VILA GAZQUEZ Xavier 2455 ESP
7 IM ALEXANDROVA Olga 2409 ESP
8 GM RODRIGUEZ VARGAS Orestes 2378 ESP
9 IM MARTIN GONZALEZ Angel 2336 ESP
10 IM MESTRE BELLIDO Hector 2317 ESP

Spanish Team Championship 2012 | Final standings

Rk.   Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 TB1 TB2 TB3
1   Sestao Naturgas Energia * 3 5 4 4 4 4 13 28.5 0
2   C.A. Solvay 3 * 3 4 10 26.0 0
3   C.A. Reverté Albox * 4 5 8 22.5 0
4   Linex-Magic Extremadura 1 * 4 3 3 8 19.5 0
5   Equigoma Casa Social Catolica 2 3 2 * 4 3 6 20.0 0
6   Gros Xake-Taldea 2 3 2 * 4 5 18.5 0
7   C.E. Foment Martinenc 2 2 3 3 2 * 3 3 16.5 1
8   C.E. Barcelona Uga 2 2 1 3 * 3 16.5 1

 

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Comments

Stefan Loeffler's picture

What strikes me is the poor performance of Gros Xake. If they played with this line-up they should score more than 25 (board) points rather than 18,5. What´s the story we are missing?

Thomas's picture

The main reason may be that they didn't play with this lineup - Bacrot and Kasimdzhanov didn't play at all (both rather played in the German Bundesliga last weekend). A second reason is that Ponomariov had a, for him, fairly bad result on board 1 (just 3.5/7).

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